The experiment ends

Yes, I am still here.

After about three weeks of allowing anonymous comments, I am disabling this feature again. I don’t think there was a significant increase of comments, but there have been two cases of trolling and two bits of spam.

Remember: comment email addresses are scrambled. Humans can read it, spiders have a bit more trouble. And it’s not that hard to fake an email address.

Update: I’ve deleted the two spam comments, but I’ve left in the anonymous all-caps abuse.

Comments 2

  1. tobe wrote:

    I don’t know if that’s a good idea…seriously, the two negaitve comments in the vice city thread just show the general level of stupidity the internet has made us all so aware of. I think you’ll find more positive and/or critically composed comments than the ones that make you want to remove this feature. Games still are a very emotional field of work, luckily I might add, and uncontrolled emotions in the form of anonymous feedback should therefore be treated the same way as all other mindless shouting: just ignore it.

    Posted 16 Dec 2003 at 17:07
  2. Jurie Horneman wrote:

    Well, I’m not removing the comment feature, I am just making it harder to write anonymous comments. I think that in most situations where people ignore low quality feedback, it is because they do not have any choice. I know some people who responded to the bad signal to noise ratio on Usenet to set up a private mailing list, and that turned out to be a good idea.

    Posted 20 Dec 2003 at 12:49